vaporware - Anything (usually software, but can be anything) that is promoted and marketed without ever actually being produced. (via Urban Dictionary)
I had only heard of this pen once previously. A Pen Addict reader mentioned some time after my Uni-Ball Signo 207 0.7mm Needle Tip review last year that they had a Micro Needle Tip, and thus my search began. It wasn't listed on the Uni-Ball site, but the 0.7mm version which some stores carry wasn't either. I got no response via Tweet to Uni-Ball, but I imagine that can get lost in the shuffle. Every time I made it to an office supply store, I'd flip through all of the Signo 207 packages just to see if a Micro Needle snuck in there.
At least I can admit I have a problem. That is the first step, right?
At this point, I'm thinking this pen is vaporware, but a couple of months back, a reader generously offered to send me some Muji Gel pen refills. Included in the package - much to my surprise - were two of the Micro Needle Tip 207s, one in blue, one in black. That was about as excited as I have been to get new pens in a long time.
I put them to good use right away, especially the black one. The blue one, which is the one I chose to review above, isn't as great. One issue I always had with the original, conical Micro tip 207 is the blue did not write as well as the black, and I am finding that is the case with the needle tip. The blue ink writes drier and thinner, making it a little more scratchy as it moves across the page. I am all in on the black ink model though - it is a great writing pen.
Has anyone else been able to find these exact pens on the store shelf? They are available on Amazon.com (I found out that is where mine came from), but I have never seen or heard of them in a store. I'd be interested to know.
Click here for the XL review.
(*NOTE: I have added an affiliate link to Amazon. I have never really done that before, so 1. I wanted to make everyone aware, and 2. I want to know everyones opinions on affiliate links and if they are an issue for you.)